November 2016

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Undiscovered Eats: Biting into Vietnamese history on St. Clair West

Her historical narrative works back to the first century BC — touching upon the Chinese colonization of Vietnam — and we barely get up to the early 15th century Ming occupation by the time we pull up to St. Clair’s Pho Xua, our hunger taking precedence over conversation.

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Restaurant Review: Why I ordered a $140 steak at Branca, the hottest table in town

It’s an Argentinian grill: the Argentinian tradition is to cook over a live fire of hardwood and Argentinian lump charcoal, which imparts a bit of a smoke undertone to the meat along with a charred crust that’s kissin’ cousin to crispy. Rather splendid.

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First Look: Pai Market makes Nuit Regular’s Northern Thai food an option for lunch

Now, some of their favourite flavours are available from a daily lunch counter in a newly expanded section of their Duncan Street restaurant, which is also available for private rental in the evening.

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Eat This Minute: Cruller intentions

Since flinging open the doors of this pocket-sized takeout counter, owner Pawel Grezlikowski has been feeding mountains of fried bird to a happy crowd.

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Spotted: The wave of unusual serving formats washing over Toronto’s restaurants

With the arrival of Toronto’s very first, um, Poop Café (which serves ice cream in miniature toilets), we sought out other local spots serving dishes in atypical dishware.

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First Look: Superpoint is pizza, eclectic eats and wine by Jonathan Poon and Jesse Fader

Superpoint is Jesse Fader and Jonathan Poon’s new wine bar on Ossington. that focuses on pizza, casual Italian fare and a wine program which will please wine geeks.

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First Look: Food writer Amy Rosen's first restaurant, Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns

Amy Rosen is a James Beard nominated, award-winning freelance journalist and former food editor at Chatelaine and House & Home magazines. She’s also a cookbook author. her first Toronto Cooks was published in 2014 and her next one, Toronto Eats is slated for a fall release in 2017. With the opening of Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns she added restaurateur to the list of titles.

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First Look: Pusateri’s opens food hall downtown and reopens their Avenue Rd. location

After months of preparation, the Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s is finally open. Judging by the crowd on opening morning, Torontonians have been eagerly awaiting this day. The 25,000-square-foot space is expansive.

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Martell cognacs return to the LCBO, but who drinks cognac these days?

The spirit, which is technically brandy because it is the product of twice-distilled white wine aged in wooden barrels, is one that is likely to call to mind a vaguely cartoonish image of luxury. Historically, owing to its often hefty price tag, Cognac has been the stuff of private clubs, evoking thoughts of bankers in back rooms, fireside with bulbous snifters in hands.

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First Look: With an eclectic list of influences, Pokito riffs on the poke concept

Toronto’s poke craze is in full swing, with over half a dozen shops specializing in the Hawaiian style seafood bowls surfacing in the past several months. Pokito on Queen West has joined the mix, but with a spin meant to differentiate their product from the crowd.

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